Monday, January 19, 2015

Kathy Moore Answers 20 Questions: Expect an Epic Guitar Solo at the End!

In the early 19th century, Marcel Proust was given a questionnaire called "an album to record thoughts and feelings," also known as a "confession album." At the time, it was popular among English families to assure that the man or woman was marriage-worthy and bona fide. Written in 1890, it was discovered in 1924, and in 2003 auctioned for over 100,000 euros. 

The TV show The Actors Studio had their own version that the host would use, asking the actors the questions while live in the studio. 

For many years it has been a favorite of  Vanity Fair magazine readers, and they now have an online version that you can do and compare your answers to celebrities.

Their version is fairly basic, but a lot of fun to read, so when we were exploring creative ways to interview musicians, we realized with a little tweaking we could come up with an interview that was perfect. Where other publications fail, we will succeed by letting the monkey ask all the questions! 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Take a Flight to Mars with Mike McCready

On this 12th year of Flight to Mars benefits, they 
raised a record $35,000.00 for Crohn's and Colitis
Foundation of America (CCFA), Camp Oasis
 and The Jenifer Jar Center

In reading this remember I am no spring monkey, so in recalling memories of Mike from the '80s and '90s, the exact places and dates may be slightly off!  My first memory of Mike is of seeing him in Pioneer Square at this restaurant where he worked. I want to say it was a pizza stand, but it may have been a restaurant. In any case, I remember seeing him, and Andy pointing him out as a local guitar player. I remember he always wore this snappy little hat so this is how I would recognize him from then on.  Also, Mother Love Bone's office was in Pioneer Square, so as those trips frequented so would our run-ins with Mike. It wasn't a great time for us; Andy was already on his second trip to rehab, and Mike seemed like a cool but serious kid who had his mind on his own life. So we'd never chat long, sort of a "Hey there," and "Bye, see you later dude" thing. I always loved his little hats though. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Prince's Guitar Does Not Gently Weep

Prince's guitar... screaming and moaning

It still shocks me when I find someone who has not seen this, and since greedy little Prince has removed all and any prince songs from youtube, I figured this was my one shot on getting him on my website. This has been called by some the best guitar solo in history, fact...not opinion. 

And when you consider how rarely he plays especially with rockers like Tom Petty, not to mention George Harrison's son Dhani, this is indeed epic and belongs right here in our cyber time capsule! 


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Soundgarden's Guitarist Kim Thayil: Profound Moments with a Living Guitar God by Xana La Funete

There are some people in your life that you just know you will always remember, it''s usually tied to an event or to another person, and I have as many people in my life that are not famous at all that I have these kind of significant memories of, some family of course, some of strangers I had moments with that were defining enough to remember always. Kim is one of those people. Profound maybe only to me, but hey, it's my website so ha ha! 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Guitar God Song of the Moment: It's Time to Hear the Rooster!

For those of you new to Xanaland, let me apologize for some of our ' neglected ' blogs, let's face it I'd need a team of monkeys to keep up with 20 blogs!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Must Have List For Guitar Players Of Great And Not So Great Headphones

Music lovers and musicians listen up. If you're still listening to those white earbuds that came in the box, you don't know what you're missing.
Regardless of your budget, there are dozens of great-sounding headphones available, whether you're into noise-cancelling models, wireless pairs or customizable options that let you change the look to reflect your style.
And yes, there's more out there than just Bose andBeats by Dr. Dre products -- but see below on some models to consider anyway.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Happy Birthday David Gilmour! A Look At His Best Friend Otherwise Known As His Black Stratocaster

The Black Stratocaster

David Gilmour’s black Stratocaster is almost as legendary as the man himself. The guitar has been featured on some of the world’s biggest selling albums of all time and classic Pink Floyd songs like Money, Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Comfortably Numb. Now, some 40 years later, Fender has released a signature model and a whole generation guitar players are modifying their guitars for a similar look and sound.
David bought the Black Strat at Manny’s guitar store in New York, USA in May 1970 during Pink Floyd’s North American tour. As fate would have it, David had just weeks earlier bough his first black Stratocaster at the same store but it was stolen along with the rest of Floyd’s rig. Being forced to cancel the rest of the tour David once again visited Manny’s on their way back home and the rest is pretty much history. The Black Strat made its debut performance at the Bath festival in June 1970.

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